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Ministry of Sound - the Annual 2005 [2CD + DVD] ~ Various Artists
I got this when it came out but have probably never listened to it all the way through. Scan the one- and two-star reviews below for a summary of my thoughts. Individual tracks here are fine - Call on Me, My My My, Stupidisco etc were excellent pieces of commercial house - but they are best appreciated in isolation rather than rudimentally mixed/cross-faded together. The mix compilation is a special art form but these MoS releases are a travesty of it - essentially Now! compilations squeezed together slightly.

The inclusion of the DVD, however, was a nice touch - YouTube and similar websites had only recently come into existence in 2004/2005, and had very few music videos on… Read more
A State Of Trance: Year Mix 2013 ~ Armin Van Buuren
5.0 out of 5 stars Well I like it..., 21 Jan 2014
Strongly disagree with some of the negative reviews below - and I'm not slow to criticise AVB for the increasingly Tiestoid trajectory of his career. First, I don't hear any real "pop" tunes here - there is certainly a sizeable proportion of commercial trance, but that was the case for most of his other year mixes too.

This is the fastest-moving of his year mixes yet - 107 tracks compared to the 80-85 that used to be the norm, so even if you don't like a particular track, it's not around for long. There's a lot of good stuff here, especially in the last half hour. And even if the individual melodies don't do it for you, the build - this album is a two-hour crescendo to an (IMO)… Read more
The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 7) by C. S. Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much fun, 2 Jun 2013
The most aggressively evangelical instalment in the series, and probably the least enjoyable. It's nearly fifteen years since I last read it, so while my memory of the specifics has faded somewhat, my general impressions of the book haven't.

The opening act - Shift's great plot - is agreeably ominous. The second half (approximately) of the book feels like a copy-and-paste of the apocalyptic books of the New Testament with some Narnian names sprinkled onto the text. All the preceding Narnia novels had had a strong Christian theme, it is true, but it had always coexisted reasonably comfortably with children's adventure, fairy tales and pagan mythology. In "The Last Battle",… Read more